Chair of Bioinformatics


    Research Interests (Wolf Lab)

    Our research in evolutionary biology and in the systematics of animals and plants focuses on the meeting points of phylogenetics and bioinformatics. Further keywords are molecular systematics, biodiversity, morphology and taxonomy, as well as biophilosophy. Focussing on alignments and RNA secondary structures (especially of the internal transcribed spacer 2 [ITS2]) as well as on co-developing computer tools inferring phylogenies, we are mainly interested in the phylogenetic relationships and the evolution of protists (protozoa and algae), and of invertebrate Metazoa. However, we are working on phylogenetic relationships throughout the tree of life, i.e., on the phylogeny and the evolution of prokaryotes, protists, and Metazoa, as well as on the phylogeny and the evolution of fungi and higher plants, always connecting organismal- with molecular biology, as well as lab- and field work with computational biology.

    Selected Publications (Bioinformatics)

    ITS2 database V: Twice as much.
    Markus J Ankenbrand,
    Alexander Keller, Matthias Wolf, Jörg Schultz, Frank Förster
    (2015) Molecular Biology and Evolution 32:3030–3032.

    ITS2, 18S, 16S or any other RNA - simply aligning sequences and their individual secondary structures simultaneously by an automatic approach.
    Matthias Wolf, Christian Koetschan, Tobias Müller
    (2014) Gene 546:145-149.

    The ITS2 Database.
    Benjamin Merget, Christian Koetschan, Thomas Hackl, Frank Förster, Thomas Dandekar, Tobias Müller, Jörg Schultz, Matthias Wolf
    (2012) Journal of Visualized Experiments 61:3806.

    ProfDistS: (Profile-) Distance based phylogeny on sequence - structure alignments.
    Matthias Wolf, Benjamin Ruderisch, Thomas Dandekar, Jörg Schultz, Tobias Müller
    (2008) Bioinformatics 24:2403-2404.

    4SALE - a tool for synchronous RNA sequence and secondary structure alignment and editing.
    Philipp N Seibel, Tobias Müller, Thomas Dandekar, Jörg Schultz, Matthias Wolf
    (2006) BMC Bioinformatics 7:11.

    Selected Publications (Phylogeny)

    ITS2 and 18S rDNA sequence-structure phylogeny of Chlorella and allies (Chlorophyta, Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorellaceae).
    Jaqueline S Heeg, Matthias Wolf
    (2015) Plant Gene 4:20-28.

    Internal transcribed spacer 1 secondary structure analysis reveals a common core throughout the anaerobic fungi (Neocallimastigomycota).
    Christian Koetschan, Sandra Kittelmann, Jingli Lu, Djamila Al-Halbouni, Graeme N. Jarvis, Tobias Müller, Matthias Wolf, Peter H. Janssen
    (2014) PLoS One 9:e91928.

    'Y'Scenedesmus (Chlorophyta, Chlorophyceae): the internal transcribed spacer 2 rRNA secondary structure re-revisited.
    Sebastian M Markert, Tobias Müller, Christian Koetschan, Thomas Friedl, Matthias Wolf
    (2012) Plant Biology 14:987-996.

    Internal Transcribed Spacer 2 (nu ITS2 rRNA) Sequence-Structure Phylogenetics: Towards an Automated Reconstruction of the Green Algal Tree of Life.
    Mark A Buchheim, Alexander Keller, Christian Koetschan, Frank Förster, Benjamin Merget, Matthias Wolf
    (2011) PLoS One 6:e16931.

    Microevolution and Speciation in Thalassiosira weissflogii (Bacillariophyta).
    Ulf Sorhannus, Joseph D Ortiz, Matthias Wolf, Martin G Fox
    (2010) Protist 161:237-249.